In Efon Alaaye and Ekiti West Local Government Areas, where Alaaye, Oba (Dr) Emmanuel Aladejare and the Olojudo of Ido-Ile Ekiti, Oba Aderemi Obaleye, spoke respectively on behalf of their colleagues’ Obas, the two monarchs urged Oyebanji and his deputy not to forget their promises to Ekiti people and the traditional institution. They also prayed for the success of the administration.
Meanwhile, there was a twist to the tour in Efon Alaaye, where a group within the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the local government known as One Million Boys, defected to the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).
The Vice-chairman of the APC in the State, Hon. Sola Elesin, who received the new members on behalf of the party, assured them of better treatment in the APC.
The new members who were led by Chief Soji Adedayo also expressed satisfaction with the leadership of APC and promised to be loyal to the party.
Adedayo said it was incumbent on them to leave their former party in view of their determination to contribute their quota to the development of Ekiti State under Oyebanji’s leadership
“I decamped to work for the APC success and development of Ekiti State. There are many people in my former party that will still join us in APC. When you are in a party that you are not accorded recognition, it is better you take your leave”
Reacting to the new development, the Governor-elect said he was also delighted to receive the new members, pointing out that their defection was coming on the heels of his plea to APC members to be friendly with other members of the opposition parties.
Before leaving Efon Alaaye, Oyebanji, in an exemplary move, led his deputy, Mrs Monisade Afuye and supporters on a courtesy visit to the residence of the PFP governorship candidate in the June 18 governorship election, Otunba Bisi Kolawole, where they were warmly welcomed by apparently elated Kolawole.